Affectionately known as the Güsche, the Gurten is Bern’s own mountain. Its 858-meter peak can be reached by bicycle, on foot on via the Gurtenbahn. From 7 hrs onwards, the funicular railway departs every quarter of an hour; the five-minute trip from base station to the summit guarantees wonderful views across Bern and the Central Plateau. With plenty on offer for people of all ages and two restaurants, the Gurten makes for a worthwhile day trip.
As well as being the capital of Switzerland, Bern is a city with a rich cultural heritage. Institutions include the Zentrum Paul Klee, the world’s largest collection of works by the German painter and graphic artist who ranked as one of the most important proponents of the classical modern school in the 20th century. The museum, which also showcases the work of contemporary artists in rotating exhibitions, stands as an architectural landmark in its own right.
Just a short drive away from the BELLEVUE PALACE you can escape the city and immerse yourself in a beautiful Gantrisch Nature Park. Steep canyons, extensive woods, picturesque villages, scenic views and cultural sites are what makes this area truly uncommon.
For hikers we recommend the Gantrisch Panorama trail. Whoever is not scared of heights should try the Rope Park. There you may swing from one tree platforms to the next one. Information on historical local customs and traditional costumes of the area can be found at the Vreneli Museum in Guggisberg